Deforestation in the Amazon, 2005-2010

Deforestation in the Amazon, 2005-2010

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Caption: Composite of Envisat satellite radar images taken in 2005, 2008 and 2010 of Boca do Acre in the Brazilian Amazon Basin. The coloured areas reveal deforestation. Each year has been assigned one colour, either red, green or blue, to show the change over time. Since 2000 the rate of loss per year has increased. Deforestation is normally undertaken to create grazing areas for cattle. The removal of trees leaves soil exposed to rapid erosion by water, leading to the removal of valuable top soil.

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